The Autumn term always feels like one huge gallop towards Christmas. 2017 was no different, but we had a few engagements before we dusted off our ‘Carols for Choirs’.
The Cabaret Evening has now been re-established as an annual event and last year took place on Saturday 21 October to a packed Cathedral Hall. Members of the Cathedral Choir offered up individual solo items such as ‘Don’t Fence Me In’, ‘Stars’, ‘The Girl in 14G’, and the sultry ‘Song of a Nightclub Proprietress’. Of particular note was Finn Mather’s hilarious rendition of Copland’s ‘I bought me a cat’,
Eden Lavelle’s moving turn as Captain von Trapp singing ‘Edelweiss’ accompanying himself on guitar, and a charming performance of Schubert’s ‘Die Forelle’ by Julius Kupfer, our German exchange student. The boys of the Cathedral Choir treated us to some classics such as the Beach Boys’ ‘I Get Around’ and barbershop classic ‘Uptown Girl’ with the full forces of the Cathedral Choir belting out ‘One Day More’ from Les Misérables and Stevie Wonder’s ‘Sir Duke’.
To mark All Souls Day, the Cathedral Choir gave a performance of John Rutter’s beautiful Requiem, written in 1985 and dedicated to the composer’s father who had died the previous year. The performance was dedicated to the memory of all those supporters of the Cathedral Choir whom we had lost in 2017, in particular Margaret Allen, former soprano Joan Sales, and Mary Fleet who would have celebrated her 84th birthday on 2 November.